"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."

St Philip Neri

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

About "MAN"

1.

Who made you?

 

God made me.

 

2. Why did God make you?
 

God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next.

 

3. To whose image and likeness did God make you?
 

God made me to his own image and likeness.

 
4. Is this likeness to God in your body, or in your soul?
 

This likeness to God is chiefly in my soul.

 
5. How is your soul like to God?
 

My soul is like to God because it is a spirit, and is immortal.

 
6. What do you mean when you say that your soul is immortal?
 

When I say my soul is immortal, I mean that my soul can never die.

 
7. Of which must you take most care, of your body or of your soul?What must you do to save your soul?
 

I must take most care of my soul; for Christ has said, 'What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?' Matt. 16:26.
 
(In Catholic theology, the soul and body are not opposed to each other. The human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, made to the image and likeness of God. Salvation is for the whole person, both body and soul.)

 
8. What must you do to save your soul?
 

To save my soul I must worship God by Faith, Hope and Charity; that is, I must believe in him, I must hope in him, and I must love him with my whole heart.

 
9. What is faith?
 

Faith is a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubting whatever God has revealed.

 
10. Why must you believe whatever God has revealed?
 

I must believe whatever God has revealed because God is the very truth, and can neither deceive nor be deceived.

 
11. How are you to know what God has revealed?
 

I am to know what God has revealed by the testimony, teaching, and authority of the Catholic Church.

 
12. Who gave the Catholic Church divine authority to teach?
 

Jesus Christ gave the Catholic Church divine  authority to teach, when he said, 'Go ye and teach all nations.' Matt.28:19